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The Viril View: On the KC Royals:
by John Viril—
After the Kansas City Royals signed Jeremy Guthrie, GM Dayton Moore indicated he’s still looking to add starting pitching—likely through trade. Numerous reports have included Tampa Bay Ray’s right-hander Jeremy Hellickson as one of Kansas City’s possible targets. Many whispers mention 2012 silver-slugger DH Billy Butler as the possible return. The Royals should stay far far away from such a deal.
Hellickson is next season’s Jair Jurrjens: a collapse waiting to happen.
Yes, Hellickson won rookie of the year in 2011. Yes, Hellickson has posted sparkling ERAs his first two full seasons (2.95 and 3.13). Yes, he is only 25-years-old and is still under team control for four full seasons. Hellickson, however, is probably not nearly as good as his traditional numbers would suggest.
The doubts are centered around Hellickson’s weak ability to miss bats (K /9 of 6.31), the limited number of innings he lasts (averaged 5.7 innings per start in 2012), and his unusually low batting ...
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Born: February 16, 1985
Drafted: 25th Round, 756th Overall, 2007 (Royals)
How Acquired: Trade (from Royals) with Vin Mazzaro for Luis Rico and Luis Santos
College: Troy University
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